“Where is the Joy?” by Dennis Dudley

Men’s Prayer Group—November 12, 2013

WHERE’S THE JOY?

John 15:11(10a)

While teaching on the vine and the branches, Jesus said,

“I have told you (if you obey my commands, you will remain in my love) so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

 Christian Joy!

  • Enjoying our relationship with Christ (love = trust = joy)
  • A state of delight and well-being that results from knowing and serving God
  • A state of mind and an orientation of the heart that places Jesus Christ at the center of our life
  • A settled state of contentment, confidence and hope
  • A fruit of a right relationship with God
  • Is in direct proportion with our walk with the Lord
  • It transcends troubles, persecution, suffering, and even death
  • Looks beyond the present to our future salvation; to our sovereign God who works out all things for our ultimate good; and, is possible even in the midst of sorrow
  • From the Dictionary of Bible Themes, the church is to rejoice in the salvation brought about by Jesus Christ’s faithful life and death, and be the power of his resurrection.  Even in adversity, believers know the joy of Jesus Christ.

 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submitted to us in your name.”  He replied . . . “do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  Luke 10:17,18,20

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit . . . Luke 10:21

  • According to Matthew Henry, “ Jesus stirred up himself to rejoice; for, as thankful praise is the genuine language of holy joy . . .”

Jesus said, Rejoice in (the day you suffer the world’s ill will) and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.”  Luke 6:22-23

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pray for a full measure of the joy promised in God’s Word.  Call on the Holy Spirit to fill you with joy as Jesus was Give thanks and keep your joy in all circumstances.  Do not settle for just some joy but pray for exceedingly abundant joy for self and others

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PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE by Dennis Dudley

Deliverance = to set free, to rescue from bondage or danger

Deliverance in the Bible = the acts of God whereby He rescues His people from peril

  • Deliverance from trouble or danger
  1. Enemies—see 1 Samuel 17:37; 2 Kings 20:6
  2. The hand of the wicked—see Psalm 18:16-19
  3. Oppressors—the exodus from Egypt
  • Deliverance from sin, death and judgment
  1. Present evil age—see Galatians 1:4
  2. The power of satan’s reign—see Colossians 1:13
  3. Eternal punishment for sin—see Romans 4:25
  4. The coming wrath—see 1 Thessalonians 1:10
  • Deliverance from trials of this life
  1. God is faithful . . . will provide a way for you to stand up under trouble—see 1 Corinthians 10:13
  2. His perfect will and timing—see James 1:2-4,12
  • Deliverance from evil spirits and desires
  1. God has armed us—see Ephesians 6:12-17
  2. Knowledge  of truth—see John 8:43-44
  3. Intercession—1 Timothy 2:1-4

 A Prayer for Deliverance

By Faith C from FaithWriters@www.faithwriters.com

Lord God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I bring you ___ who has a need of deliverance

I ask on their behalf for Your Hand of Mercy and Compassion

I ask for a total deliverance of mind, body and spirit

I ask to break away the powers and shackles of the enemy that bind them

I ask for a healing of their wounds and sorrows and a renewal of their spirit

I ask that you will meet all their needs and will reveal Your love to them in a special way today

I ask for an increase in faith and trust in You

I ask that You help them to be an over comer in all things

I ask that You bless them and keep them safe

I ask that You shine Your light in them and around them

Thank You O God, in Jesus Name I pray—Amen

Lean on ME by Dennis Dudley

Men’s Prayer Group—September 17, 2013
LEAN ON ME

A lesson on the journey to this lesson!
Have you ever found yourself misplacing your trust?
Taking the easy way out—being lazy?
Taking a shortcut from your best direction?
Who loses the most when we do that?
Just receiving (faith without works) vs. receiving and sending (faith with works)

The author of Psalm 118:8 wrote:
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man

• Every day we put our confidence in someone or something
• God wants to guide us here on earth and in eternity
• Have confidence in God’s eternal unchanging unfailing full-time GPS and love

In Proverbs 3:5-6, Solomon wrote:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

• Leaning = putting your whole weight on someone or something; resting on and trusting
• God knows what is best for us—more so than we know ourselves
• Seek and trust Him completely
• Listen to and be willing to be corrected by God’s Word and wise counselors